Iconic Timepieces

by Time&Style Staff

IconicThe watches in this feature have two things in common: they are iconic models from top brands and are reasonably likely to become collector’s items. Some are reproductions of vintage models while others are updated icons with improved engineering and new materials. Donning any one of them will identify you as a connoisseur of fine timepieces.
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo

The bronze version of Panerai’s Luminor Submersible is quickly becoming the cult watch of the year. The case material, an alloy of copper and tin that is particularly resistant to salt water, is obviously perfect for dive watches. It will acquire a unique patina over time, which means it will tarnish and also develop a vintage look. In this instance, both are very, very good things. $10,100
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex created a stir among collectors this year by introducing a new version of its Cosmo Daytona. The watch, perhaps the world’s most iconic chronograph, was introduced in 1963 and has not been updated since 2000. New in this model, sure to become a collector’s item, is the proprietary cerachrom bezel and high-tech parachrom hairspring, allowing elapsed time to be measured to 1/8th of a second. $35,660
TAG Monza

TAG Heuer has been at the centre of the auto racing world since it developed the first timekeeping equipment for race cars in 1933. In keeping with its tradition of naming chronographs after famous races (Daytona, Carrera and Monaco, for example), the Monza is named for the fastest track in the world, home of the Italian Grand Prix. The movement is automatic. $6,500
Chanel J12 Chromatic

Having put ceramic on the map with the introduction of the J12 a decade ago, Chanel is creating a stir all over again with a newly developed ceramic/titanium alloy, called chromatic, which is diamond-polished to a highly reflective finish. The ceramic is metal- rather than mineral-based, which makes it 20% harder and more scratch-resistant. It is also 5% lighter than traditional ceramic, and anti-magnetic. $6,300
Longines 24

Between 1953 and 1956, Longines created a limited series of 70 aviator watches for Swissair. This is a tribute to that series, with the same distinctive 24-hour dial—the hands make one full circle of the dial every 24 hours—railway track minute index and date aperture at four o’clock. The case is steel and the movement is a Longines calibre 704.3 automatic. $3,450